Why America’s Wars Never End

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Almost 20 years after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, as the Taliban takes district after district, withdrawing American troops are discarding vast piles of junk on bases they are now abandoning. In the process, the war on terror has become a retreat of terror, leaving behind horrified Afghans in a wrecked … Continue reading “Why America’s Wars Never End”

Note to Joe: Try These Two Easy Tricks To Promote Freedom in Cuba

“We stand with the Cuban people,” US President Joe Biden says in an official White House statement, responding to protests across the Caribbean island country, “and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected … Continue reading “Note to Joe: Try These Two Easy Tricks To Promote Freedom in Cuba”

The Origins of the Military Industrial Complex and Its Historically Pernicious Influence on US War and Foreign Policy

As the Biden administration has illegally bombed Syria and Iraq – two countries that pose absolutely no threat whatsoever to the United States or Americans – the familiar policy of militarism has been reinforced by yet another U.S. president. However, it was a previous president who, on his way out of office in 1961, coined … Continue reading “The Origins of the Military Industrial Complex and Its Historically Pernicious Influence on US War and Foreign Policy”

The Guardian: Regurgitating the Russia-Gate Canard

The UK Guardian, and particularly Luke Harding, lead author of Thursday’s Kremlin papers appear to show Putin’s plot to put Trump in the White House, are heaping still more discredit on what was once a respectable newspaper. This long story (long in both senses of the word) regurgitates "what are assessed to be leaked Kremlin … Continue readingThe Guardian: Regurgitating the Russia-Gate Canard”

Israel: Racist, Violent Policing Is at the Heart of Apartheid

Police made sweeping arrests of Israel’s large minority of Palestinian citizens after protests rocked the country in May during Israel’s 11-day attack on Gaza. Officers were documented beating demonstrators, and in some cases torturing them while in detention. Police also failed to protect the Palestinian minority from planned, vigilante-style attacks by far-right Jewish extremists. This … Continue reading “Israel: Racist, Violent Policing Is at the Heart of Apartheid”

In Afghanistan, Watch the Forest as Well as the Trees

It’s always important not to miss the forest for the trees. U.S. government announcements, such as its report of the turnover to the Afghan government of the seventh and last military base in Afghanistan, Bagram, should lead no one to think that US foreign policy has changed worldwide or even in that particular region. Far … Continue reading “In Afghanistan, Watch the Forest as Well as the Trees”

Does the Constitution Mean What It Says?

"No person … shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law." Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Abdulsalam al-Hela is a 53-year-old Yemeni cleric who has been incarcerated by the United States at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba since 2004. He has not been charged with any crime. … Continue reading “Does the Constitution Mean What It Says?”

Western Media Misrepresents Situation in China

One of the most important skills a journalist needs is the skill of research. Proper research and investigation even into the most-simple of stories is vitally important, news should be accurate, verified and unbiased. However, when it comes to China, Western news is often very wrong. Sometimes erroneous but given the number of errors, this … Continue reading “Western Media Misrepresents Situation in China”

Why Are We Still at War with Syria?

Syria rocks under continued US bombing and reels under withering US sanctions. But why? Why are we still not friends with Syria? Bashar al-Assad has long courted a relationship with the west. He has long been willing to act in a way that would make friendship possible. In his 2009 article entitled "Syria Calling," Investigative … Continue reading “Why Are We Still at War with Syria?”